Sometimes the consolation prize is pretty good.
It appeared earlier this week that Dallas assistant coach and former Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli would join Lovie Smith’s staff as the Buccaneers defensive coordinator, but late Friday night ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that Leslie Frazier had accepted the job to head up the Bucs defense.
Frazier was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings the previous three and a half seasons and compiled a 20-33-1 record and a playoff appearance after leading the Vikings to a 10-6 record in 2012.
Frazier and Smith have never coached directly with each other but come from the same Tony Dungy coaching tree. Frazier was an assistant with the Colts for two seasons before being named defensive coordinator of the Vikings in 2007. Frazier continued in that capacity before taking over for a fired Brad Childress midway through the 2010 season. After leading the Vikings to a 3-3 record to close the season Frazier was promoted to head coach.
Frazier won two Super Bowls, one as a player and one as a coach. Frazier was part of the 1986 Chicago Bears team that went 15-1 in the regular season and beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Frazier played defensive back and led the Bears that season with six interceptions. His playing career was cut short after suffering a knee injury while returning a punt.
Some have speculated that Fraizer could help lure some of the Vikings potential free agents to Tampa Bay, including defensive end Jared Allen, who would fill a huge need for the Buccaneers as an edge pass rusher.
While no one inside the organization has even confirmed that Marinelli was a target, multiple reports said that the Cowboys did not give the Buccaneers permission to interview Marinelli for the job. Marinelli is under contract through 2014, but it has widely been speculated that the Cowboys have an eye on Marinelli replacing Monte Kiffin at some point.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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